AT&T’s Jim Cicconi to Retire

Bob Quinn stepping in to become company’s top policy exec

Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s long-time top policy exec, has announced he intends to retire on September 30 following 18 years with the company, AT&T confirmed.

Bob Quinn,  senior vice president – Federal Regulatory at AT&T Services, will replace Cicconi as SVP - external and legislative affairs. Quinn will remain in Washington, D.C., and report to AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.

Cicconi began his current role at AT&T in 2005 after SBC acquired AT&T. Prior to that, he served as general Counsel and EVP - Law and Government Affairs at AT&T. Prior to AT&T, Cicconi served in the White House under two presidents – as Deputy to the Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush for two years, and four years as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

"Jim is one of the best and brightest around when it comes to politics and public policy. He is respected by everyone, regardless of political party or viewpoint, as a big thinker, a master strategist and someone able to bridge divides to get things done," Stephenson said, in a statement. "I greatly appreciate his leadership, wise counsel and countless contributions to AT&T over the years. He's a great friend and we'll miss him. I want to wish Jim and his wife, Trisha, all my best as they begin a new chapter in their lives."

Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS: 

“As a fighter, a friend and a foe, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi is an unrivaled giant in the telecommunications arena," said Chip Pickering,  CEO of INCOMPAS, which represents competitive carriers. "He’s had a hand in shaping our nation's communications policies over a decorated career. While we were often on opposite sides of the battlefield, Jim always fought hard with substance as his weapon of choice. I congratulate him on his retirement from AT&T, and want to thank him for a good fight.”

Word of Cicconi’s retirement was first reported by The Hill.